Common Myths About Breathalyzer Tests to Avoid
There are many wild stories about how people tricked a breathalyzer test when they were intoxicated. However, these antidotes are not true, and trying these techniques would not help you when taking a breathalyzer test to measure your blood alcohol content (BAC). Here are common myths you do not want to follow:
- Eating food. Some people incorrectly believe that eating food after consuming alcohol will lower their BAC.
- Drinking coffee. Another myth you do not want to believe is that drinking coffee will sober you up before you drive. It will not affect your breathalyzer test results.
- Sucking on a penny. One of the most common myths is that sucking on a copper penny will lower an individual’s BAC. However, pennies are no longer made from copper, and the police would check your mouth before administering the breathalyzer test.
- Using mouthwash. Using mouthwash or a breath spray could mask the odor of alcohol on your breath. However, it would not reduce your BAC. Mouthwash has a high level of alcohol—sometimes up to 27 percent—and could actually make your BAC results higher.
- Holding your breath. Do not bother holding your breath before a breathalyzer test. It could cause your BAC level to be higher than it would otherwise be.
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